Two women were electrocuted after trying to help the driver of a solo crash with a fire hydrant and a light pole Wednesday night in Valley Village.
According to local authorities, the crash that led to the accident took place just before 8:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of West Magnolia Boulevard, near Laurel Canyon Boulevard, where a 2012 Chevy Traverse SUV travelling westbound on Magnolia attempted to make a right turn from the left turn lane and lost control.
The vehicle then left the road, drove through a fire hydrant and crashed into a light pole on the northwest corner of Ben Avenue and Magnolia.
Police reported that the collision with the light pole, which was an old-fashioned concrete pole, left exposed electrical wires sticking up out of the ground after it toppled over.
These live wires then made contact with the water spewing from the broken fire hydrant, which in turn electrified the pool of water gathering at the crash site.
At that time two women who were coming to the aid of the driver of the crashed vehicle came into contact with the pool of water and were killed from the shock of the live wires.
One of the victims has been identified as 40 year old Irma Zamora of Burbank, and the other woman still remains unknown, as authorities are still working to notify her next of kin.
A total of eight people attempted to come to the aid of the two women, including a Los Angeles police officer and the driver of the vehicle that started the whole ordeal. Each suffered injuries upon contacting the electrified water, and they were all taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.
Crews from the DWP were finally able to shut down power to the pole and allow for firefighters to cap the broken hydrant as well.
An initial investigation into the crash that caused the fatal electrocution suggests that the driver was traveling at too high a speed and attempting to make a dangerous maneuver. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.
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